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Welcome to Doctor Thyroid with your host, Philip James. This is a meeting place for you to hear from top thyroid doctors and healthcare professionals. Information here is intended to help those wanting to 'thrive' regardless of setbacks related to thyroid cancer. Seeking good health information can be a challenge, hopefully this resource provides you with better treatment alternatives as related to endocrinology, surgery, hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer, functional medicine, pathology, and radiation treatment. Not seeing an episode that addresses your particular concern? Please send me an email with your interest, and I will request an interview with a leading expert to help address your questions. Philip James philipjames@docthyroid.com
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Apr 18, 2017

This episode is a thorough presentation of Graves' Disease from Kimberly Dorris, an educator and expert, and also a patient.  In this episode, listeners will gain a thorough understanding of a disease that is often confused with other diagnosis.  

Kimberly Dorris is the Executive Director and CEO of the Graves' Disease and Thyroid Foundation, a small nonprofit organization based in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
She began working with the GDATF as a volunteer in 2010, and took over day-to-day management of the Foundation in 2011.  

​Her responsibilities include organizing patient education events in various locations throughout the U.S.A., managing the Foundation's social media sites, producing print and electronic communications, seeking grant funding, and providing support for patients via phone, e-mail, and an online support forum.  ​
​She also leads a monthly patient support group meeting in Phoenix, AZ.
 
​Ms. Dorris has a unique perspective on thyroid dysfunction, having lived with both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.  She was diagnosed with Graves' disease in 2007 and took methimazole for seven years.  
​A​pproximately 18 months after stopping the methimazole, she became hypothyroid and is currently taking replacement hormone.  ​
 
Ms. Dorris received a B.A. from the University of Arizona in 1990 and an M.B.A. from Belmont University in Nashville in 1990. 
​P​rior to joining the GDATF, she spent 
​8 years with Mercury Nashville Records, a year with KPMG Consulting, and ​
10 years with a community bank, including a two-year term as chairman of the company’s Charitable Giving Committee.
 
NOTES & RESOURCES:
GDATFWebsite:  http://gdatf.org/
GDATF Online Support Forum: http://gdatf.org/forum/
GDATF YouTube Site (includes free videos on Graves' disease, autoimmunity, and thyroid eye disease): https://www.youtube.com/user/GravesAndThyroid
 
 
Twitter: @GDATF
 
Patients and family members can also e-mail the Graves' Disease Foundation at info@gdatf.org or call toll-free 877-643-3123.  
Apr 3, 2017

In this episode, we hear from Judy O'Reilly.  
Judy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2011.  Following surgery, Judy speaks about the frequent challenges, including adjusting medication dosages, hypothyroidism, and her energy levels hitting the wall during daily activities.  

For Judy, the cancer diagnosis forced the conversation of talking about death with her children and husband.  A singer and musician, the thyroid cancer and resulting surgery has caused vocal challenges.

In this episode, we hear from Judy O'Reilly.
Judy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2011.  Following surgery, Judy speaks about the frequent challenges, including adjusting medication dosages, hypothyroidism, and her energy levels hitting the wall during daily activities.

For Judy, the cancer diagnosis forced the conversation of talking about death with her children and husband.  A singer and musician, the thyroid cancer and resulting surgery has caused vocal challenges.

She is the founder and former facilitator of THYCA Atlanta. Prior to starting the once/month support group held at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute, Judy O'Reilly offered email and phone support. Judy began her involvement/volunteering with THYCA one year after diagnosis/surgery/RAI. Prior to thyroid cancer, Judy O’Reilly had been a music educator and an entertainer. She was the female vocalist for the Atlanta Blue Notes Big Band, as well as their Combo. As a solo performer (piano/vocals), Judy specialized in senior care facilities offering up an extensive selection of the great American songbook. Ms. O’Reilly resigned/retired from performing soon after a second surgery - a completion of a previous partial thyroidectomy - due to complications. In 2015 Judy began a return to entertaining as a volunteer in the grand piano lobby of the Winship Cancer Institute, Atlanta.

 

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